News release

Heidi Ballard Co-Writes Policy Forum: Next Steps for Citizen Science
Science, March 28, 2014

Heidi Ballard, associate professor of education, co-wrote a piece for Science highlighting the growth and evolution of citizen science projects.

General information

Deadlines for Admission – Fall ‘14

May 1, 2014: General Application Timelines

Our general application deadline is May 1, 2014.   To insure that your application is considered, apply by May 1st.

From May 2nd through May 15th we will continue to accept applications but they will only be reviewed and considered if space remains available.  We anticipate that our Multiple Subject program will not review applications received after May 1st.  For our Single Subject programs please contact Student Services or the faculty member for your program for further guidance.

May 15, 2014: Application Materials Must be Received

In order to receive a timely admissions decision, all application materials must be received no later than May 15, 2014. There will be no extensions or exceptions.

The admissions cycle for Fall ‘15 will open in late September.  Please check back in August for updated deadlines and prerequisites.

News release

California School Principals Give High Marks to UC-Prepared Teachers
Posted - April 2, 2014

Public school principals in California say beginning teachers who received their credentials through the University of California are among the best prepared in the state, according to a recent survey.


One Campaign, One Hundred Stories

Behind every gift to UC Davis there is a story — a narrative of how people are fulfilling their life’s passion by sharing it with others through a philanthropic gift.

To honor some of the 100,000-plus donors who were inspired to give to UC Davis through its first comprehensive fundraising campaign, UC Davis has compiled one hundred stories of inspiration and impact. Several of the School of Education’s most generous supporters are featured on the “One Campaign, One Hundred Stories” website.

We invite you to to read, enjoy and share the accounts of these people who have transformed UC Davis and the School and made a difference in the lives of people throughout California and the world with their generosity.


One World, One UC Davis Celebrates Transformative People

One World, One UC Davis is you — a global network of people connected to our university. It is the positive impact of our unsung heroes, imaginative research teams and innovative thinkers. What our people share in common is they are transforming lives, celebrating humanity and nature, and inspiring breakthroughs in California and beyond.

In our campaign, we tell the stories about how together, at UC Davis, we are changing our world for the better. Read about some of the School’s unsung heroes, researchers and innovators below and tell us your story.

Rosa Manzo: Mentoring Mexican Parents and Students

Rosa Manzo, PhD candidate, has always wanted to help Mexican Americans have access to education, but she never dreamed she’d be back in her hometown to accomplish the goal.

In Fresno County, she’s developing workshops for immigrant parents so effective that UC Davis has received a $100,000 grant from the Fresno Regional Foundation to expand the model to other county schools.

The Ph.D. student is also mentoring UC Davis students from rural Fresno high schools by encouraging them to follow in her footsteps by going to graduate school. Read her story here.

You can also find Rosa’s story among others that highlight UC Davis’s impact on California here.



Honoring Educators Awards Ceremony 2014
RSVP Today

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center, UC Davis


Graduate Group in Education Faculty and Student Research Showcase

May 1, 2014
Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Memorial Union, MUII

Enjoy a light lunch while you visit with presenters and discuss the exciting work that they pursue. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the work that faculty and PhD students in the Graduate Group in Education are presenting at national and regional conferences.  

Event is free. Please RSVP by April 21 to dljustice@ucdavis.edu.


SAYS Summit 2014

The 6th Anuual SAYS Summit will take place on Friday, May 2, 2014 at UC Davis. The summit is open to middle and high school-aged youth, adult allies, and educators of all kinds. 

Event Details

Event: 6th Annual SAYS Summit
Date: Friday, May 2, 2014
Location: UC Davis Freeborn Hall
Cost: $75 per participant (includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, t-shirt, educational workshops, and more)
Payment: Schools/Districts can pay by purchase order (form below)


Shakespeare at the Core: Register Now
Shakespeare Works when Shakespeare Plays 2014: A dynamic three-day conference for English and Drama teachers


August 29 – 31, 2014

Early Bird Registration: $349 (Register by May 15). After May 15: Registration is $375. Click here to register.

Teaching Artists from some of the world’s most respected Shakespeare theaters will share active and playful approaches to enliven the teaching of Shakespeare. All workshops are aligned with Common Core Standards.

Share this event with your colleagues. Download a flyer here.

Meeting Common Core Standards

The ELA/literacy standards in the Common Core State Standards highlight the growing complexity of the texts students must read to be ready for the demands of college, career, and life. Closely related to text complexity and inextricably connected to reading comprehension is a focus on academic vocabulary, asking students to determine word meanings, appreciate the nuances of words, and steadily expand their range of words and phrases.

The standards include certain critical types of content for all students, including classic myths and stories from around the world, foundational U.S. documents, seminal works of American literature, and the writings of Shakespeare.

In fact, Shakespeare is the only author included specifically in the ELA standards for the Common Core. This provides a significant opportunity for educators to rethink how we approach Shakespearean instruction. Rather than the traditional learning of Shakespeare that rushes through themes and character, the primary goal  of the Common Core is to arm students with the tools to understand, decode, and analyze complex texts.

The internationally renowned and experienced Shakespeare Works when Shakespeare Plays presenters know the best way to teach Shakespeare is to play with Shakespeare. Our practitioners’ approaches to teaching Shakespeare incorporate and strengthen all of the goals of the Common Core through fun, meaningful and practical ways to bring Shakespeare alive for students.

Continuing Education Units

We are pleased to announce that you can earn up to 1.5 continuing education units when you attend the conference. The cost will be $115. You can register and pay for the units on the first day of the conference.

Invited Presenters and Sponsors

The weekend is presented by the UC Davis School of Education and the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis in association with Globe Education (Shakespeare’s Globe, London) and the Shakespeare Theatre Association.

  • American Shakespeare Center (Virginia)
  • Atlanta Shakespeare Festival
  • Bard on the Beach (Vancouver)
  • Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
  • Folger Shakespeare Library
  • New Jersey Shakespeare
  • San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
  • Shakespeare’s Globe (London)
  • Statford Festival
  • Utah Shakespeare Festival

A Question of Law: Key Legal Issues in Public Education
Sponsored by the UC Davis School of Education and featuring legal experts from Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard


Saturday, MAY 3, 2014

9:30am–3:30pm | UC Davis
UC Davis Conference Center. See map here.


9:30 – 10:00 Registration and Introductions
10:00 – 12:00 Morning Sessions
Noon – 1:30 Complimentary Lunch
1:30 – 3:30 Afternoon Sessions



Alumni Establish New Matching Fund for Scholarships

In California, the demand for professionals in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields will grow nearly 20 percent by 2018. Yet too few students are choosing STEM fields. Nancy (’74, Cred ’75) and Tom Patten (’74, MS ’76) believe that enthusiastic and well-prepared teachers are the key to unlocking the state’s potential for innovation and prosperity. To help train the next generation of STEM teachers, the Pattens have pledged $100,000 to establish a new matching fund for the School of Education: the Next Generation STEM Teaching Award. The fund will support scholarships for School of Education teaching credential students who have the interest, passion, and aptitude to teach STEM-related subjects in K-12 public schools.

By preparing UC Davis educators to inspire the next generation of students to pursue STEM majors and careers, the School of Education strengthens California’s and the nation’s ability to tap the true potential of its future innovators.

Make Your Gift Today

Every gift is matched dollar for dollar, doubling your impact on a future teacher. Make your gift here or contact Loretta Pehanich at lapehanich@ucdavis.edu or (530) 752-8053.